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Pros: Neat looking case.
Colored LED lights and speed control switch.
Excellent performance (CPU rated 7.4, RAM rated 7.6, gaming graphics 5.8 in the Windows Performance Index)
Runs cool and quiet, even under load
No bloatware installed!!! Only had to uninstall McAfee trial and load Microsoft Security Essentials to be all set.
Boots up in ~30 seconds or less.
Cons: Proprietary connector on the stock PSU to control the CPU speed switch/front LED lights. Makes it very difficult to upgrade to PSU/Graphics. [Reason why it lost 1 egg in the rating].
Other Thoughts: Bought it with the intention of upgrading the PSU so I could upgrade the graphics. The connector on the LiteOn 280W power supply that comes with it is labeled "P9" and is a 5V 3-pin connector; a lot like a standard fan connector, but made nonstandard by Lenovo. Any other non-Lenovo power supply does not have this connector. Leaving this connector off unpowered means you loose not only the front LED light (green/red/blue), but you loose the ability to control the CPU's power scheme (Cool, Turbo, and Auto). It becomes stuck on Auto, which means the CPU clock speed varies between 1.5GHz and 3.2GHz. Turbo sets it to always be at 3.2GHz. Cool set it to almost always be at 1.5GHz.
Anyway, to regain this control and LEDs, I picked up an ATX molex 4-pin male to 3-pin female cable, cut the vertical plastic guides off the 3-pin end, and re-wired it so that black-wires went to black-wires and red-wires went to re-wires. The re-wire is extremely important. Hooked it up and now I've got a 650W power supply in this unit and dedicated graphics (rated 6.9 on Windows Experience Index).
Pros: Great design and look. Seemed like microphone quality would be good.
Cons: Defective: Sound only came out of right earpiece no matter what device I paid it with. Even paired it with my MacBook Air where I could explicitly choose that it should be a Stereo audio profile.
Also, there is no conventional on/off switch. In order to turn it off, you have to fold up the headphones. Constantly having to fold/unfold the headphones, I'd imagine, would be like bending the tab of a soda can back and forth and back and forth. You know what happens when you do that?
Other Thoughts: One egg for design. Another egg for the speed of newegg's RMA process. That's it. I would have considered exchanging the unit through Jabra, but they're not open on the weekend.
After many many years of products from newegg, this was my first defective... anything. I was not aware that I would be responsible for return shipping costs. I'm not upset about it, I just think it's something everyone needs to be more aware of.
This review is from: Apple iPhone 3GS 8GB Black 3G AT&T CellPhone
Pros: Cosmetically and functionally, phone is new - even had the plastic covers on the front and back. All accessories were brand new and unused (USB cable, AC adapter, headphones). iPhone came with iOS 5.0 which I could have kept for jailbreaking, but I upgraded to 5.1.1 without issues. Condition, quality, and the fact that the warranty is through Apple directly, rather than a 3rd-party company, means you know you're getting peace of mind and a good product. All the features and functions of the phone work just fine.
Cons: Although warranty is through Apple directly, it's only for 90 days and it doesn't look like it includes AppleCare phone support during those 90 days (didn't call to check, just what it says online)
It was shipped in a large bubble mailer instead of a box - seems kinda risky to me even though it arrived undamaged.
The original barcode and serial number on the back of the box were removed.
Other Thoughts: AT&T's process for unlocking this phone blew me away... in a positive way:
Got the phone Wednesday around 5:00pm. Called them that same night at 7:00pm. Told them I purchased an iPhone at the "no commitment price" and would like to request it to be unlocked. The guy was very friendly and helpful. He asked for the IMEI which I gave him. He gave me a case number and said I'd need to fax my receipt to them. He told me it would take 7-10 days for them to unlock it. This was lame, because I didn't have an AT&T SIM card to be able to use the iPhone in the meantime. Thank goodness he was wrong on the time. At 5:00am the next day (Thursday), I got an email from AT&T saying that the iPhone had been unlocked!
Plugged it into iTunes and was a little concerned when I didn't get the "Congratulations. Your iPhone has been unlocked" screen, but when my T-Mobile USA SIM card worked in it and I could access the APN menu, I was overjoyed.
Display Name: Marc T.
Date Joined: 02/04/06
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